On a previous post, “Facebook: Destroyer of Families?” I spoke about the impact that Facebook can have on others. Recently it was brought to my attention that drama and trouble does not always come from Facebook, but it can come in the form of other social networking sites.
A friend of mine recently came to me in a bit of a rage because of something that had happened on the social networking site, Twitter. Apparently a girl had posted an unnecessary comment that pertained to my friend. It was a snide and rude comment that did not need to be made–especially not on a social networking site.
This single post caused drama that, I swear, lasted throughout most of the night. Not only between the initial poster and my friend, but suddenly their friends started to get involved. Twitter was ablaze with posts going back and forth about how one person should keep their mouth shut, how another needed to mind their own business and so on.
It’s been stated before that social media can be a blessing, but it can also be the cause of a lot of unnecessary drama. What I find most interesting about social networking drama is that is spreads like wildfire. As I said about my friend’s situation, it started out between two people and then suddenly it was as if their entire friendship base was involved. People who didn’t know what the situation was even about started to chime in. People who had nothing to do with what was going on felt the need to make a statement.
It only makes matters worse when these other people join in on the situation at hand. They fuel the fire when it should be squashed. Comments like, “You know she’s jealous” or “Are you going to let her say that about you” only help things to go farther downhill. Things go from bad to worse in a matter of minutes and to imagine it all started with one Twitter comment amazes me.
When you go home, you think that you’re away from the drama that goes on at school or at work. When you leave high school, you never think that you’ll have to deal with “high school” drama again. With the help of social networking sites, you can now continue the drama that happened during your school or work day when you get home. Wonderful, isn’t it? So much for relaxing, I guess.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of the internet and social networking, but sometimes it’s best to just mind your own business and to keep your words to yourself, instead of out there for the world to see.
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Posted on March 24, 2013 by Felicia